Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe

Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe

How To Make Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake

This vanilla birthday cake swaps eggs with a flax meal and uses non-dairy milk for a wonderful gluten-free dessert. Top it with rich frosting and sprinkles!

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours 40 minutes



  • 4tbspflax meal
  • 10tbspwater
  • 3cupsBob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 flour blend
  • 1tspbaking soda
  • cupnon dairy milk,such as soy milk or oat milk, plus more if needed to thin batter
  • 2tbspapple cider vinegar
  • ¾cupvegetable oil
  • cupsgranulated sugar
  • 1tbsppure vanilla extract
  • 1batch*vegan chocolate frosting,(see recipe notes)
  • sprinkles to top,optional


  1. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

  2. Combine the flax meal with 10 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir. Let stand for 7 to 10 minutes to thicken. This will be used as an egg replacer in this recipe.

  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda and set aside.

  4. In a separate small mixing bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar and set aside for 5 to 10 minutes. The milk may start to look a little curdled, which is what is needed.

  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or using electric hand beaters), beat the oil, sugar, and vanilla extract for about 1 minute until combined. The mixture will be granular and look like wet sand.

  6. Slowly add the flax egg mixture, beating well until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  7. At low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients in four additions, alternating with the milk mixture, until the flour and milk are fully incorporated.

  8. The batter should be thin enough that it slips off the paddle or beaters. If it’s too thick or chunky, add additional non-dairy milk 1 tablespoon at a time, until the batter is pourable.

  9. Place the bowl, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to help sufficiently hydrate the starches and gums in the batter.

  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F while the batter is resting.

  11. Transfer the batter to the pan and use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to spread it evenly.

  12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean and sides of the cake are pulling away from the pan just a bit.  

  13. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before frosting, at least 90 minutes.

  14. Prepare the frosting as directed in the recipe.

  15. Spread the frosting on top of the completely cooled cake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired, and serve.

  16. The cake is best enjoyed the day it’s made. Cover, and store any leftovers at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Recipe Notes

Check out this Vegan Chocolate Frosting Recipe to learn how to make it.


  • Calories: 364.14kcal
  • Fat: 15.32g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.18g
  • Trans Fat: 0.07g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.29g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.07g
  • Carbohydrates: 54.65g
  • Fiber: 1.52g
  • Sugar: 36.34g
  • Protein: 3.41g
  • Sodium: 127.28mg
  • Calcium: 15.88mg
  • Potassium: 113.81mg
  • Iron: 0.86mg
  • Vitamin C: 0.01mg
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